Resilience: Pay Attention to Small Openings

The other day I presented my new workshop on resilience to a group of medical residents. I was forewarned by the physician who invited me to present not to raise my hopes about the eagerness of the audience. “These guys are overworked, burned out, and probably a bit dubious about a workshop touting individual resilience when the…

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14 Thoughts on Remembrance and Resilience

Today marks 14 years since my first husband’s death. Brett died of a medulloblastoma brain tumor, which typically affects children ages five and under. Except he was 32 when diagnosed and 39 when he died. Some anniversaries hit especially hard. This one feels that way maybe because the date nearly slipped my mind. I got…

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The Power of Hope

The holidays are a tender time for many of us. We run ourselves ragged looking for the perfect gift items and trying to squeeze in every last holiday party. Night after night someone or something requires our attention. Like clockwork, we begin the month of December with ambitious plans only to lose steam mid-month. How will…

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Spread Hope on Children’s Grief Awareness Day

I recently finished Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air. The memoir is wrenching, elegant, and unforgettable. For those who haven’t read it, Paul Kalanithi was a brilliant neurosurgeon at Stanford who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He and his wife Lucy, also a physician, became parents just weeks before Paul’s death. This is a book…

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How Do You Express Yourself?

The other day while heading to a meeting I nearly walked into a street pole staring at a red-headed woman steps in front of me. The sun lit her long coppery hair like water on glass. It was beautiful to watch her striding in the morning light. “I love your hair,” I told her. “Thank you so much,” she…

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Do You Have Grit?

I love the word grit. It’s got texture, depth, and pluck. And like most juicy words, it can be more than one thing.

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More Than One Thing

A few months ago my husband and I took our teenage daughter to see her first music concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. The guest artist was none other than Lindsey Stirling, a dancing and violin virtuoso. You heard me right. Dancing AND violin.

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BOLD Living at 49

My friend Cindy says May is the Month of Mayhem. She makes a good point, what with the end of school, graduations, birthdays and barbecues galore, and so many charity runs and events. It’s no wonder May flies by, and that so many of us find ourselves spinning and flitting from one thing to the next.

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